Trump suggests he might drop daily press briefings

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This talking point - that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said there was "no evidence" of Trump campaign-Russia collusion - was debunked during a Senate hearing on Monday featuring testimony from Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

Trump has repeatedly asked his advisers why the investigations - being conducted by the FBI, House, and Senate - would not go away and sometimes screamed at the television while watching stories about them, aides said.

This comes after Spicer, Sanders, Vice President Mike Pence and Trump gave conflicting reports for why former FBI Director James Comey was sacked earlier in the week.

He conceded that his press staff are not able to keep it up the fast pace at which he is working. "Unless I have them every two weeks and I do it myself". "Another president, Jeannine, will sit in the Oval Office and do practically nothing all day".

The highly unusual dismissal has faced mounting questions after several White House rationales for Comey's ouster were publicly contradicted by the FBI's acting director during congressional testimony on Thursday.

At the briefing Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer - whose job Trump told Fox News Channel was safe amid reports that it might not be - avoided directly discussing Trump's threat to cancel the custom, saying only that Trump was "dismayed" with the news media.

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"I think it's a good idea", Trump added.

On Wednesday, Trump told NBC News that he had fired Comey because he was a "showboat" and "grandstander" - contradicting earlier White House statements that he was dismissed because of his public statements past year on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

"If Hillary Clinton had won the election - which, thank God, she didn't - but if she had, and she had been in the same position, she would have fired Comey immediately, and the very Democrats that are criticising the president today would be dancing in the streets celebrating".

Aides scrambled to rush out a statement on Comey's firing.

Trump tweeted Friday morning that "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!"

"I have heard that directly from him that information was relayed directly to him from Director Comey", said Sanders, who declined to provide further details. "Doing away with the briefings would reduce accountability, transparency and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the USA system, no political figure is above being questioned".

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